Funeral services for Dr. Marian C. Herrick, 96, of Exeter were held on Monday at Little Church of the Flowers in Glendale, Calif. She was buried at Forest Lawn Cemetery in Glendale. She died on July 1 in Exeter.
She was born to Thomas and Cara Cliffe on Jan. 24, 1908 in Portland, Ore. Her family moved to Hawaii when she was 2 years old. She attended her first two years of high school in the Hawaiian Islands where her mother was principal. Coming back to the mainland, she finished out her high school years and graduated from Richmond Union High School. In 1960 she married Albert Herrick.
She earned her bachelor's degree in math and her doctorate in educational psychology at the University of Southern California. She was past president of the Doctoral Society at USC and served as state president of the California Math Council.
While living in Los Angeles, she was the supervisor of math curriculum for 125 secondary schools. Albert formed a book company and published his wife's work titled, "Parent's Guide to Modern Math." Random House Publishing bought the book and renamed it "A Guide to Modern Mathematics."
The couple moved to Exeter in 1968 from Glendale, Calif. The move enabled her to write full time while her husband tried his hand at ranching. Some other titles of her books are "Essential Skills in Algebra," "A Teacher's Guide to Modern Math: Books One and Two," and "Mathematics for Achievement: Books One and Two." She also wrote for Houghton-Miflin publishers for a few years specializing in materials for slow learners or low achievers and co-authored nine math books. She is listed in the fourth edition of "Leaders in Education." She was an extension instructor at Fresno State College and Los Angeles College and was a temporary consultant of several school districts both in California and Arizona. She was a member of the advisory board of California Conference of Teachers of Math, a participant in the White House Conference on Low Achievers and was a member of the National Council of Teachers of Math. She also belonged to Pi Mu Pi Lambda Theta.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Albert Herrick, in 1995. Remembrances may be made to the donor's favorite charity. Arrangements were under the direction of Evans-Miller Exeter Chapel.